The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk
by J. Dana Trent
"Saffron Cross is a heartfelt, beautiful story of an already faithful Christian being pulled closer to Christ through the most unlikely teacher."
—The Rev. Dr. Donna Claycomb Sokol, Pastor, Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church
Saffron Cross is the intriguing memoir of the relationship between Dana, a Baptist minister, and Fred, a devout Hindu and former monk.
"We hope readers will feel more open to exploring a friendship with their office colleague or neighbor or friend for whom God looks very different. We can all learn from one another’s experiences of God, and our prayer is that Saffron Cross will help facilitate those conversations."
"We need stories like this one to help us imagine who we might become." Read what Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and other people of faith are saying about Saffron Cross.
"Immersion into a religious tradition different from my own did not convert me, mix me up, or derail me. Rather, it launched my Christian reformation -- a recommitment to my baptism, my call, and my choices."
Learn more about the Rev. Dana Trent, and her work, at her website here.
J. Dana Trent
Our simultaneous observance of Lent and Gaura-Purnima could have erupted in a my-faith-versus-your-faith battle. Instead, it melded into a collaborative effort of going deeper with God.
Constant cognitive dissonance led Trent to embrace religious pluralism, bringing her closer to Fred and also, to her surprise, to Jesus.
This book reaffirms my belief that real and transformational interfaith dialogue is possible, but reminds me that it is not to be found in an organization or a simple one-time encounter.
Dana Trent is the kind of open-minded Christian that we need more of. She is able to feel the presence of the divine in the sacred spaces of other religions (an experience that I have also had).
What is likable in Trent’s account is her sympathetic, sometimes wide-eyed observations about life in Vrindavan, a village/small town close to Mathura, the larger city, considered the birthplace of the God King, Lord Krishna, where she spends her honeymoon.
Bruce G. Epperly
Many of us embody the spirit of the “saffron cross” both in our marriages and personal spiritual lives. The challenge is, of course, finding a pathway to theological and spiritual integration.
Rabbi Rami Shapiro
The real story Dana Trent tells is about love. Love may not sell as many books, but it is the better story. You really should read it.
Surely not everyone Trent knew was fully in favor of their marriage, and I wish she had written about the objections they must have had to deal with from friends or relatives.